Posted by: gcarkner | November 28, 2021

Truth is a Boon for Life; it Empowers

This is Part 2 of The Genius of Truth series by Dr. Gordon E. Carkner. In this short video, he focuses on how truth can be integrated into one’s life. What can I be sure of at my deepest core? How can I embody truth so that I learn how to grapple with it and communicate it to my friends? Can truth be found in a person? Find your voice, your integrity in truth-telling and responsible truth-living. But by all means, never, never give up on truth. There is far too much at stake.

To have meaning is to stand for something other than oneself, to establish a link with a value, an idea, an ideal beyond oneself. Life has meaning, for example, for those who spend their lives in search of a cure for a disease., or in the struggle against injustice, or just to show every day that society can be more than a jungle. The link one establishes with this value or idea confers a higher value on life….A life that has meaning recognizes certain references….In other words, it is paradoxically worth something only to the extent that it admits itself not to be of supreme value, by recognizing what is worth more than itself, by its ability to organize itself around something else. Everyone will admit that existence is at once both finite and deficient. We consider society to be mediocre, love insufficient, a lifespan too narrow. The person whose life has meaning is the one who, instead of remaining  complacently in the midst of his regrets, decides to strive for perfection, however imperfectly, to express the absolute, even through his own deficiencies, to seek eternity, even if only temporarily. If he spends his life making peace in society or rendering justice to victims, he is effectively pointing, even if it is with a trembling finger, to the existence of peace and justice as such….By pursuing referents, he points to them. He awkwardly expresses these impalpable, immaterial figures of hope or expectancy….Individual existence, when it means something, points to its referent through its day-to-day actions and behaviours, the sacrifices it accepts and the risks it dares to take….The seeker moves forward, all the while wondering, “What is worth serving?” Individual existence structures itself through the call for meaning. Existence is shaped by questions and expectations.

~Chantal Delsol, Icarus Fallen: the search for meaning in an uncertain world (4-5).

See the Netflix Documentary Icarus on Olympic Doping/Cheating for why truth matters in life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5P1tN7LWBc Dr. Daniel Amen, The Genius of Life

One of the particularities of our time consists in the fear of truth. We hold dearly to the good but we are suspicious of the truth…. [Modern man] does not fear what is false but what is evil…..The disappearance of truth understood as objective truth, and its replacement by “points of view” or subjective “truths,” does not stop contemporary man from identifying moral imperatives that he would not abandon under any circumstances. Where do these moral imperatives come from, seemingly born out of nihilism, like trees flourishing in the desert? (Chantal Delsol, Icarus Fallen 45, 46)


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